Partners & Related Programs

The Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness collaborates with a number of programs and other research centers. Lean more about our partners’ work:

Center for Healthy Minds

Center Scientific Advisory Board member Dr. Richard J. Davidson directs the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The Center for Healthy Minds conducts rigorous scientific research rooted in neuroscience to bring new insights aimed at improving the well-being of people of all backgrounds and ages. Areas of inquiry include the science of emotions, and contemplative practices and qualities of mind that could affect well-being, such as attention, resilience, equanimity, savoring positive emotions, kindness, compassion, gratitude, and empathy.

Global Mental Health@Harvard

GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard (GMH@Harvard) is an interdisciplinary initiative that aspires to elevate the profile of mental health as a fundamental public good and universal human right. GMH@Harvard was launched in response to the unmet needs for mental health care in all countries, and seeks to build the capacity of future generations of scholars in this field and to resolve the most pressing challenges in global mental health. Center Affiliates Dr. Vikram Patel and Dr. Karestan Koenen serve on the steering committee.

Greater Good Science Center

The Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at UC Berkeley investigates the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. GGSC provides a bridge between the research community and the general public by (1) sponsoring groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being and (2) helping people apply this research to their personal and professional lives.

Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

The Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies’ mission is to improve well-being around the world by better understanding the interaction of demographic changes with social and economic development. Directed by Center Affiliate Dr. Lisa Berkman, the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies aims to produce population-based evidence that will better inform policies needed to create healthy and resilient societies. Primary research focal areas include social and environmental determinants of population health; aging societies; workplace and well-being; and social and family demography. 

“How to Build a Life” Column

Center Affiliate Dr. Arthur C. Brooks is a contributing writer at The Atlantic. His column, “How to Build a Life,” offers research-backed advice on how to find happiness in current times. Dr. Brooks also produces The Art of Happiness podcast.

The Human Flourishing Program at Harvard

Center Affiliate Dr. Tyler VanderWeele directs the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science. The program aims to study and promote human flourishing, and to develop systematic approaches to the synthesis of knowledge across disciplines. The program’s research contributes to the broad question of how knowledge from the quantitative social sciences can be integrated with that of the humanities on questions of human flourishing. Areas of inquiry include a number of important topics relevant to human flourishing, such as family, friendship, virtue, community, work, beauty, forgiveness, religion, purpose, and meaning.

Center Affiliate Dr. Tyler VanderWeele also authors a blog about human flourishing on Psychology Today. The blog explores the science of health, well-being, and the factors that support them.

Mindfulness Center at Brown

The Mindfulness Center at Brown University brings together top academics in research with leading educators in mindfulness. Dedicated to rigorous research and student-centered education, the Mindfulness Center at Brown offers programs that aim to improve individual lives and organizational effectiveness. The Mindfulness Center at Brown uses rigorous research to improve the health and well-being of communities through education and training, and engages in strategic community partnerships investigating customized, evidence based mindfulness-based interventions on a local and global level.

Network for Emotional Well-being

The Network for Emotional Well-being: Science, Practice, and Measurement brings together leading experts from UCSF, UC Berkeley, and Harvard to create a cohesive transdisciplinary network of scientists interested in emotional well-being (EWB). The group aims to enhance empirical rigor and consensus around the conceptual definition and measurement approaches, to promote synergy across methods and study paradigms, and to catalyze mechanistic intervention-relevant research that can yield reliable pathways for improving EWB.